Ciliau Aeron Yew Trees
An interesting set of historical trees is two Ciliau Aeron Yew Trees that flank the entrance to St. Michael’s Church.
Circumference (the largest tree)
Map of the site
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St. Michael’s Church is an old church approximately 1 kilometer south of Ciliau Aeron village.
Little is known about the history of this church before the 18th century but in the middle of the 18th century, it was rebuilt in its current shape.
The main entrance in the church garden is flanked by two old yew trees, both reinforced by circular stone walls.
Especially large is the southerly yew tree and to contain the expanding tree, the wall has been extended. The tree itself has multiple trunks now and looks rather like a stand of closely located trees and shrubs. The girth of 11.58 m was measured around the whole group of trunks (July 2014), thus the Ciliau Aeron Yew Tree is not a typical giant with a single trunk.
In Wales are located some of the most beautiful caves and waterfalls in the United Kingdom but even more are some of the world’s most impressive castles as well as medieval towns, palaces, and interesting archaeological monuments.
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Throughout many centuries the United Kingdom has enjoyed relative political stability and wealth. As a result, humans have created here countless amazing and well-preserved values of art and history.
With its bright red, poisonous berries to its dark evergreen foliage, the yew tree is a familiar sight in ancient churchyards, as well as the carefully manicured and sculpted grounds of stately homes. Beyond its striking appearance and amazing longevity, the humble yew has played a surprisingly important part in European history throughout the ages: A sacred tree to the pagan druids of old, as well as a key ingredient of medieval warfare.
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